Press Release: Department of Health & Children release updates on Public Health Information

21 Apr 2011

Extensive information on births, deaths, cancer incidence, hospital admissions, and psychiatric in-patient activity available Online & on CD The Department of Health and Children (DoHC) today (21st April) released the latest update of its Public Health Information System (PHIS) health data tables which include extensive information on births, deaths, cancer incidence, hospital admissions, and psychiatric in-patient activity.

The PHIS 2011 health data tables are usually distributed to senior health professionals on CD, however, to provide even greater access for professionals and the wider public, this year the updated tables are also being launched on the Institute of Public Health's Health Well website (www.thehealthwell.info/phis-tables).

PHIS 2011 is a set of 24 summary data tables containing extensive information about the population’s demographic characteristics across the Republic of Ireland. The PHIS 2011 tables include both current and historical information at both national and local level.

The Health Well website (www.thehealthwell.info/phis-tables) is a unique all-island health information website, developed by the Institute of Public Health (IPH), which has been designed to promote evidence-informed policy and practice. Senior statistician at the Department of Health and Children, Hugh Magee, said: “PHIS has long been a valuable information resource for public health. The data tables provide essential information that can be used to help plan and organise health policy and services. This year we are delighted to be able to launch the latest tables on the Health Well website.”

IPH Associate Director, Professor Kevin Balanda said: “Perhaps more than ever before, it is important that we get good value for money from our information systems, and that policymakers and practitioners use the most up-to-date information when planning, delivering and evaluating health and social care services. “In addition to making the PHIS 2011 data tables more widely available, both the CD and the Health Well website include updated user interfaces which allow people to download, map and graph the data, and make better use of the information they contain. Professor Balanda concluded: "PHIS on CD and web is part of the ongoing efforts of the DoHC and IPH to improve health intelligence across the island.”

For further information please contact:

Jemma Hogan, Montague Communications: (01) 830 3116 / (085) 722 9024.

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland

The remit of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) is to promote cooperation for public health between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the areas of research and information, capacity building and policy advice. Our approach is to support Departments of Health and their agencies in both jurisdictions, and maximise the benefits of all-island cooperation to achieve practical benefits for people in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.